Not only is it a new season but our new-looking broadcast partner is serving up two of the Vanarama National League’s new arrivals.
It’s first stop Rochdale as BT Sport transforms into TNT Sports and things are being freshened up on all fronts with curtain up this weekend.
Different name, same incredible commitment - the team have no fewer than 11 live matches linked up in the campaign’s first two months, and it all starts at Spotland on Saturday as the switch is flicked on the cameras.
So, where did we leave things? Well the epic title race was followed up by a Promotion Final classic and although this season has so much to live up to, let’s see what we can do, shall we?
We asked pitchside presenter Jeff Brazier for his take on the season as you can hear his thoughts right here - like many, he says it is going to be really tough to call.
He also outlined what is going to be different as TNT Sports burst onto our screens, starting with the slightly later kick-off time of 5.30pm most Saturdays.
“It’s all change, but it will still be the same fantastic coverage,” Jeff told us. “What we’re looking to do is to give more access to the viewer.
“We used to do in-game interviews on the sideline to add more layers, and we’re looking to get into the dressing room beforehand. We’re looking to go where we used to go before Covid, and things got stripped back.
“We’re looking to bring more to the viewer. We have great relationships with the clubs and the managers - but personally I don’t think we know the players quite well enough.
“I’d like to know more about them, like maybe we do with the more prominent Premier League players. There’s an opportunity and a space to be able to offer the audience a little bit more.”
Dale’s squad are in unfamiliar territory of course, their 102- year EFL stay over after relegation. Manager Jimmy McNulty says the ambition is to get back as soon as possible but knows the size of the challenge in store.
“We’re a National League team with a very humble budget, and a very humble squad that’s low on numbers. All we can be is the best and most organised we can be, which hopefully that helps us towards some positive results.”
It’s welcome back to Ebbsfleet United after a three year absence and if their incredible National League South title win is anything to go by, we’re going to be very entertained.
Dennis Kutrieb has added six new players and kept hold of most of his top performers.
“We’re convinced we’ve got our recruitment spot on and it’s just a situation of work harder if things are not in our favour,” he told KentOnline.
“We could have a great start or we could have a bad start. Anything can happen in football.”